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Kingman murder suspect retains plea agreement, sentencing date set

The sentencing of a Kingman man who pleaded guilty to killing his mother in December has been scheduled for September.

Robert Larue Brown Jr., who was arrested in California in January, had been charged with felony second-degree murder and vehicle theft.

Brown pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter and vehicle theft.

The plea agreement was in jeopardy after Brown's attorney, Daniel Kaiser, withdrew from the case because of a disagreement with his client about the agreement.

Kingman attorney Mark Sippel was assigned to defend Brown last month and decided not to withdraw from the plea agreement.

During a hearing Wednesday, Sippel requested $2,000 for a mitigation expert to assist in the aggravating/mitigation phase of the two-hour sentencing hearing.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss granted only $1,500 for the defense expert and set the sentencing date for Sept.

19.

Under the plea agreement, Weiss could sentence Brown to seven to 21 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and two years to eight years and nine months for the vehicle theft charge.

The sentences would be concurrent.

If convicted of second-degree murder, the maximum sentence for Brown would have been 22 years in prison.

He is being held on $135,000 bond.

Brown pleaded guilty in the strangulation death of his mother, Cecilia Gloria Antipala, between Dec.

24 and 27.

Deputies discovered Antipala's body Jan.

8 rolled in a rug in the bedroom of her Butler home, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office records.

Brown, 29, was arrested four days later in Long Beach, Calif., while driving his mother's stolen car.

Antipala's other son living in Florida called his mother's home Christmas Day and again on her birthday, Dec.

28.

She did not answer her phone either day.

Antipala, 56, had rented the singlewide mobile home in the 3200 block of Potter Avenue for about two years.

Brown lived with her on and off for about a year.